Council Services

This page is under construction. 

Here is a handy list of some of the duties we must do and the powers we can use.

Our duties

The Parish Council MUST do the following:

Accounts. We must keep proper accounts which are audited and have someone responsible for keeping them.

Acceptance of Office All Parish Councillors have to sign to say they will follow the law and the rules of the Parish Council

Annual Parish Meeting. We must hold one for anyone in the Parish to attend if they wish. This is a meeting about parish matters, not just Parish Council matters. Anyone could call it, but in reality it is the Parish Council which does.

Annual Parish Council Meeting Called by the Parish Council as a “summing up” of what they have done during the year and electing new Officers.

Bio-diversity – duty  to consider it in all Council activity

Website information – duty to provide information

Our Powers

The Parish Council CAN do:

Allotments –  we can provide allotments if that is possible. The price of land makes this very expensive. There are already two allotment sites in the village. The contact for allotments (Not a Parish Council Service – these are run by Committee)

Allotments adj Saxon Rise – Kevin Poole 01604 881221

-Allotments by the Church – Keith Parrott 01604 881390

Burial grounds  At present Parish Council provision of this is not necessary in Brixworth

Bus shelters – we do provide bus shelters. Some near new estates are given to us by developers

Bye-laws We have bye laws for our Recreation Grounds which have the force of law

Christmas lights – we organise the community Christmas lights in the village every year year

Citizens Advice – In the past we have given grants to Daventry CAB

Community Centres –  The Parish Council are trustees of the charity which runs the library and community centre building

Crime prevention – We have Speedwatch in the village with members of the local community being trained to use radar speed guns to educate speeding motorists. It is now run by the Community, but the Parish Council set it up initially. It runs at no cost to the Parish Council

Entertainment – power to support

Grass Cutting – The Council maintains the grass on its own land and works on a two weekly cycle. It also cuts the highway verges on the 30 mph roads only on behalf the Northants County Council. It is reimbursed for this work.To report grass cutting outside of the village area please use the NCC Street Doctor web service. 

Highways – Much is done by County or District Councils, but the Parish provide street seats,  some street lighting and will be funding extra parking places in the village. Lots of the trees in public places in the village belong to the Parish Council and we maintain them. There is also the Millennium Garden, the flower beds outside the library and grass cutting within the village. We have a right to be consulted on new roads, even the street names! We can also place signs such as warning of narrow streets.

Litter – We provide a large number of litter bins and dog waste bins.

Newsletters – our newsletter is published in the Brixworth Bulletin at regular intervals, supplemented by our website and twitter and Facebook feeds in between times.

Parks – we own and maintain St Davids Rec, Spratton Road Rec, the Ashway Sports Field , the Pocket Park near Eaglehurst and a number of smaller patches of land throughout the village. We provide and maintain play equipment on them.

Planning We are consultees on Planning Applications, though the District Council makes the final decision.

Traffic calming – we can take measures to reduce speeding such as our work with Silver Street

Transport – powers to fund community transport schemes

Village signs – powers to provide

War memorials – The Parish Council has taken on the right to maintain this listed memorial and in recent times has arranged its cleaning.

What else could we provide?

Not top of our list, but we have powers to provide Public Clocks, to buy land, can subsidise any telecommunications facilities and provide public toilets.